Game: Milwaukee at Philadelphia, July 25 (box, 7-6 Phillies win)
Situation: Top 9, zero out, 1-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Game tied 5-5
Pitcher: Jonathan Papelbon
Batter: Martin Maldonado
Runner on 3rd: Corey Hart
Leverage index: 2.6
Win probability added: -23.9%
[No MLB.com video]
When I saw that the Brewers tried to take the lead in the 9th inning of a tie game. I was not surprised.
When I saw that the Brewers called for Martin Maldonado to squeeze in the 9th inning of a tie game, I was not surprised.
When I saw that MLB.com did not have a highlight clip available for viewing, I was very surprised.
Let me tell you why they don’t have a clip of this play available: this is the most boring squeeze attempt that’s ever taken place. Maldonado put the bunt down, and it went straight back to the pitcher. Hart broke late from third base, and apparently he’s very slow now, because by the time Papelbon picked it up, he was not even half way down the line. Realizing he was toast, Hart stopped and made a pathetic attempt at returning to third. Very disappointing stuff from the league’s squeeze leaders.
This was actually the second potential squeeze of the game for the Brewers. They called for a safety squeeze in the second inning, but the runner (wisely) didn’t risk it that time.
Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): -4 (-1, fail; -1, seventh inning or later; -1, ninth inning or later; -1, tie game)